Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Where In The World: CANADA

Hi beauties!!

Time to visit another country in the Where In The World challenge!!  Today I will take you to Canada!
Read on after the jump (warning:  lots of pictures!!) why I chose this mani and what I used to create it!



I really wanted to do something special for this country since many of my 'best friends' and awesome, awesome bloggers who I take my inspiration from are from Canada.  When I think of this country, the first thing that comes to mind are the Canadian Rockies.  They are in top 3 of all the mountains I've ever seen (and being a mountain girl I've seen a lot!)!!  They are truly, truly stunning!  I went on a vacation there in 2006 and visited all the national parks in that area.  I've taken tons of pictures of course, and the mani that I'm showing you today is based on my picture!! (at the end of this post)


To achieve the 'lake' effect I chose Finger Paints "Art Dealer Teal-er" (since I have to go with the Art theme!!), a gorgeous teal polish with all kinds of shimmer.  Two coats covered up the nail completely.  This polish is so bright that it's almost neon!!




in sunlight
I accidentally bumped my index finger on something hence the imperfection.

Then I wanted to create the flower effect and I used plate SH-18 and China Glaze "GR8".  On my accent finger I tried to create the mountains and I used plate Mash-28 with China Glaze "Awaken".  To create the snowcaps on the mountains I used white glitter from Born Pretty Store.  I wasn't too happy with the mountains, but I didn't have any other stamping designs that would come close to the peaks!  And I definitely was not happy with my 'flowers' stamping!!  Take a look:


Isn't it horrible???  Can barely tell what that stamping is, just a bunch of freaking yellow bird poo on my nails.
So I started going through my nail art drawer and... Eureka!!  I totally forgot about my newest purchase:  the dried flowers from Born Pretty Store!!!  They're actual dried little flowers that you can apply on your nails!  And the ones I had were just perfect to match the ones in my picture!!  I applied a layer of topcoat over the existing design on my nails to make them 'tacky', I stuck the flowers where I wanted them and I finished off with another layer of topcoat to seal them in place.

The overall effect is definitely different...  I would never wear that to work, but I kinda like it!!!  the whole concept of dried flowers is so new to me and I think I like it!!  See what you think:





sunlight


And here's the actual picture that I used for my Canada inspiration!! It was taken on the shore of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.


What do you think?  Have you ever tried dried flowers on your nails before?  Unfortunately I can't attest to the wear of the flowers since I took them off the same day to do a more work-appropriate mani to wear for the following day, but I'm really looking forward to trying them again!

Don't forget to check out what other participants of the Where In The World challenge came up with!

32 comments:

  1. Sliczne :)te kwiatuszki prezentuja sie niesamowicie :)

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    1. Fajne no nie!!! Takie zupelnie inne!!!

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  2. I love this! I love the dried flowers and I love how you made something inspired by personal experience. I'm about to do something similar with Spain, even if I haven't been there at all. I have to order some of these flowers too. Such an awesome mani!

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    1. They are pretty cool!!! I wouldn't wear them everyday, just on special occasions, but they're definitely very interesting!!

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  3. That Finger Paints color is beautiful! And with the dried flowers, it looks so much like your inspiration pic! So original and pretty!!

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    1. Thanks Deb!! I really wanted to feature Canadian Rockies since I had so much fun there!!

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  4. This is so pretty! I never tried dried flowers just budgie feathers :)

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    1. And I've never tried feathers!!! I need to change that!!!

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  5. Nice! Is that at Banff? Great mani inspiration, and it pulled together in the end :)

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    1. Yep, Banff:)). You're so lucky to have this beauty in your country!!! :))

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  6. Oh wow!! This is AWESOME!!!!!
    I love your picture and I understand your weekend art show sooooooo well now!! ;-))
    And your interpretation of it to the mani is great!
    I have never tried dried flowers, but I love the look you got! I might give it a try then! :-D

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    1. Thanks so much Jin!!! This picture is actually only semi-popular, seems that people prefer stuff they have never seen before (I'm sure I will feature it sometime in the future!!)
      Try the dried flowers!! They're not expensive and the shipping is free internationally!!

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  7. These are awesome! Your inspiration pic is beautiful, I would love to visit the Canadian rockies on day =)

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    1. Thanks Jacqui!!! You should definitely out Canadian Rockies on your bucket list!! You won't be sorry!!

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  8. Yay Canada! :D I love your nails here, the Finger Paints base colour works so well with the flowers. And of course your inspiration picture is gorgeous too, the Rockies are so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I really had a lot of fun doing this mani, it made me think of all the good times I had in those mountains!!

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  9. Love this! I've never seen these flowers before... super cool!

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  10. Wow this is so pretty you did a great job.

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  11. Ha, ha, ha!!! I was planning to use my Lake Louise photos for my Canadian inspiration too! I guess I will have to go back to the drawing board. Lake Louise is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The views there are breathtaking from every vantage point. Love your interpretation with the dried flowers. So simple and beautiful!

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    1. That's because great minds think alike!! Haha :)) I've only hiked on the right shore on my way to the Tea House and the glaciers, and I agree, it is stunning from the shore too!!

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  12. This is really pretty and I love that colour! :D

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    1. Thank you!! It really reminded me of the Lake Louise water color!!

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  13. Beautifully executed !! :) love the flowers! U know if u do some light gardening around ur house and have flowers u can use those too in manis. Just press em in a book over night I think that would be good enough to use, jus as good any how or close. :)

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    1. oooh that's a great idea!! I don't have flowers (yet) but my mom has plenty so I'll just steal some from her!!! =)

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  14. How can I not leave a comment, living in Canada, eh!? ;)
    I expected red and white with a maple leaf and you showed off your creativity by creating a super lovely nature-inspired look. TWO THUMBS UP ! ;)

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    1. thank you so much Marta!!! I tried to be different!!! =))

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